FA Cup Semi Finals – Can anyone stop the Manchester City dominance?


We’re now approaching the back end of the season and while most clubs are eying up finishing as high as they can in the Premier League, the final four teams left in the FA Cup will be gearing up for a trip to Wembley with a place in the FA Cup Final.

Of course few will be surprised to see Manchester City in the last four as they continue their quest for dominance in English football. They are joined by their opponents Brighton and high flying sides Wolves and Watford.

The games take place at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of 6/7 April.  Man City v Brighton is the evening game on Saturday 6 April whilst the 4 pm game on Sunday 7 April is Watford v Wolves.

Manchester City are of course the favourites to secure their spot in the final, barring a shock from Brighton who only just managed to get past Championship side Millwall in the previous round after a penalty shootout,

However, many football fans will have more interest in the other tie with both capable of lifting the trophy. Wolves, in particular, have been exceeding all expectations this season having been promoted from the Championship last season.  Nuno Espírito Santo’s team have been the success story of the season and find themselves in 7th place in the league.

Watford have also enjoyed a good season and find themselves just one place below in 8th place, their manager Javi Gracia has become the club’s longest-serving Premier League coach this season after completing over a year in charge. The Hornets beat Wolves 2-0 at Molineux earlier in the season and will be looking for a repeat of that performance in their quest for silver wear.

Our predictions

With the strength in depth that Man City possesses it’s hard to see them coming away from Wembley with anything less than a victory against Brighton, who still haven’t secured their Premier League safety this season.

In the other tie, it will be a tight affair, with not much between the sides, but Wolves have shown their ability in recent weeks with victories over Chelsea and Manchester United in the competition and should be able to use that confidence to get revenge on Watford.